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The Benefits of Small Assisted Living Communities

The Benefits of Small Assisted Living Communities

Submitted by Nahid Shadrokh, Lovettsville Home Assisted Living

Individualized Attention and Personalized Care

Small assisted living facilities are often both literally and figuratively overshadowed by their larger, and more well-heeled competitors, but the truth is that small assisted living facilities can provide numerous benefits for seniors who are looking for personal care and attention. In a small facility, staff have the opportunity to get to know each resident personally and tailor their care to meet their specific needs. This individualized attention can result in better care and a higher quality of life for residents. 

Family-Like Atmosphere

Small assisted living facilities provide a more family-like atmosphere, which fosters a sense of community and camaraderie among residents and staff. This gives greater feeling of belonging and social well-being to residents who may otherwise feel isolated in a large, condo-style environment, and gives everyone an opportunity to make friends and form relationships.

Enhanced Safety and Security

Smaller facilities are easier to navigate and can be designed with safety and security in mind. Staff members can keep a closer eye on residents and respond more quickly to any emergencies that may arise, without having to wait for an elevator or climb or descend flights of stairs. 

Affordability

Small assisted living facilities often have lower costs than larger facilities, which can be beneficial for seniors on a fixed income. Additionally, many smaller facilities offer more flexible pricing options and may be willing to negotiate rates. The owner-operator of such a facility typically sees themselves as a member of the community and understands the social need for elder care, without being burdened by administrative costs and shareholder concerns.

Greater Independence

The smaller staff-to-resident ratio, residents can still receive the support they need without feeling like they are constantly being monitored or controlled. Residents enjoy a far greater sense of independence and autonomy and are not regimented by rigid schedules.

Benefits of Shared Rooms

Companionship and Social Interaction

As individuals age, they may experience loneliness and isolation, especially if they live alone. Sharing a room can provide an opportunity for elderly individuals to have a companion with whom they can interact, share stories, and engage in social activities. This can help alleviate feelings of loneliness and enhance their overall well-being.

Emotional Support

Sharing a room can provide emotional support to elderly individuals. They can lean on each other during difficult times, provide comfort and encouragement, and offer a listening ear. This can be particularly helpful for elderly individuals who may be dealing with health challenges or emotional distress.

Enhanced Safety and Security

Elderly individuals often face safety concerns, such as falls or emergencies. Having a roommate can provide an additional layer of safety and security, as they can help each other in case of an emergency or alert caregivers or staff if assistance is needed. 

Cost-sharing

Sharing a room can be a cost-effective option for elderly individuals, as they can split the cost of room and board with their roommate. This can help reduce the financial burden of long-term care or assisted living facilities, which can be especially beneficial for elderly individuals on a fixed income.

Increased Engagement and Mental Stimulation

Sharing a room can foster engagement and mental stimulation for elderly individuals. They can engage in conversations, play games, read books, or watch TV together, which can help keep their minds active and gives a source of mental and emotional enrichment in their lives.

Building Meaningful Relationships

Sharing a room can provide an opportunity for elderly individuals to build meaningful relationships with their roommate. They can develop a sense of camaraderie, support each other, and create lasting friendships. This can contribute to a sense of belonging and well-being in their living environment.

Conclusion

In conclusion, small assisted living facilities and shared rooms offer several advantages for seniors, including individualized attention, personalized care, a family-like atmosphere, enhanced safety, affordability, and greater independence. Lovettsville Home Assisted Living Facility provides these benefits and has had excellent experiences with shared rooms for over 20 years. By choosing a small facility like Lovettsville Home, you or your loved one can experience an enhanced quality of life in later years, with the opportunity to build meaningful relationships and receive the care and support they need.

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